Phil's Food Reviews

New Product Hits & Misses for March 26th, 2014

2 products score in the 90's this week!

  • La Tortilla Factory Low Carb High Fiber Tortillas
  • Pirate Jonny's BBQ Curry Rub
  • Trujoy Sweets Organic Fruit Original Chews 
  • Pompeian Varietals Koronieki Variety Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • Kuli Kuli Moringa Black Cherry Superfood Bar

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SCORE

83

La Tortilla Factory: Tortillas
Low Carb High Fiber

TASTE

25 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

12 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

83 / 100
 
  • Heart Healthy
  • Good Source of Fiber
  • Good Source of Protein
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • Peanut Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Remember low carb? Well it's back, at least in tortillas. These are wheat based - the traditional style of flour tortilla - and only 70 calories each with 5 grams of protein. The taste is excellent and not too bready the way some packaged tortillas can be. The texture is perfect for folding and take a look they actually show different ways to fold.

$4.59   8 tortillas 11.85 oz

La Tortilla Factory Santa Rosa, CA 800.446.1516 www.LaTortillaFactory.com
800.446.1516
www.LaTortillaFactory.com

Visitor Product Rating

La Tortilla Factory: Tortillas
SCORE

86

Pirate Jonny's : Rub
BBQ Curry

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

26 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

86 / 100
 
  • No or Low Fat
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Don't let the fact that brown sugar is the first ingredient fool you. This has a nice curry and peppery flavor and you can hardly taste the sugar, which actually gives it a nice crunchy texture. But remember, as with any rub or sauce that contains sugar it can easily burn in cooking, so my recommendation is to sprinkle it on foods that have already been cooked to add flavor. One teaspoon is just 20 calories with 3 grams of sugars and 180 mg of sodium.

$5.99   3 oz

Pirate Jonny's LLC
727.441.4504
www.piratejonnys.com

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Pirate Jonny's : Rub
SCORE

89

Trujoy Sweets : Fruit Chews 
Organic

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

25 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

4 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

3 / 5

TOTAL

89 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • Peanut Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

If you're looking for an organic version of Starburst check this out. These chews are 20 calories each and about 2 1/2 grams of sugars each. Not as sweet as Starburst, which is a good thing, but also doesn't have the same intense flavor. Each package is supposed to contain all 4 flavors, orange, cherry, lemon and strawberry, but in one package I opened there were 7 lemon, 4 orange, 1 cherry and no strawberry at all. In another package there were 6 strawberry, 3 orange and 1 lemon. C'mon get some consistency if you're going to offer an assorted flavor pack.

$2.89   1.6 oz

Trusweets LLC
www.trujoysweets.com

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Trujoy Sweets : Fruit Chews 
SCORE

90

Pompeian: Varietals Collection
Koroneiki

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

25 / 30

VALUE

19 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

90 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No or Low Sugar
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

I was impressed when I saw on the label that this extra virgin olive oil had acidity of less than 1/2 of one percent. To be considered extra virgin it must be 1% or less. The aroma is disappointing and although they say the flavor is full bodied it does have a fresh tasting flavor. The blend of olive oil from Greece and Chile makes it blander than many other extra virgin olive oils. If you're looking for a mild olive oil, but don't like the extra light varieties this could be for you. Koronieki is a Greek variety of olive, which is very small with a very high level of polyphenols.

$6.99   16 fl oz

Pompeian, Inc.
800.766.7342
www.pompeian.com

Visitor Product Rating

Pompeian: Varietals Collection
SCORE

91

Kuli Kuli: Moringa Superfood Bar
Black Cherry

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

91 / 100
 
  • Good Source of Calcium
  • Good Source of Protein
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • Gluten Free
  • Milk Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Made with Organic Ingredients
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

This could actually be one of the best bars you've ever had. Very simple ingredients, cherries, almonds, dates, agave and moringa. Nothing more. Moringa is an herb plant grown for its highly nutritious vitamin and protein rich greens, flowers, and mineral-rich pods. The flavor is terrific and actually has a note of black tea, which is not only unusual, but delightful. One bar is 190 calories, 9 grams of fat from the almonds, 5 grams of protein and 16 grams of sugars.

$2.89   1.6 oz

Kuli Kuli
510.872.9269
kulikulibar.com

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Kuli Kuli: Moringa Superfood Bar
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